The architect James Chapman-Taylor was a leading practitioner of the arts and crafts style of domestic architecture, which originated in England in reaction to impersonal industrialised production. The style's leading proponent, William Morris, advocated a return to more organic handcrafts. These included hand-adzed timbers, hand-forged latches and built-in furniture. Arts and crafts houses mirrored traditional rural English cottages, with steep hipped roofs and multi-pane casement windows. This 1930s Chapman-Taylor design for a Wellington house exemplified the style.
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